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  • Strike destroys Yemen rebels’ drone cave

    The Saudi-led coalition yesterday launched an air raid on a cave in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, used by Huthi rebels to stockpile drones, a

  • Militants attack Afghan ministry

    Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long

  • Macron meets Kurds, vows French support

    President Emmanuel Macron yesterday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led force that defeated IS extremists in Syria, assuring them of France’s

  • Turkey arrests two suspected UAE spies

    Turkey has arrested two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates and is probing if they are tied to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

  • Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday formally handed Benjamin Netanyahu his letter of appointment to start building a coalition

  • Death toll tops 200 in battle for Tripoli

    At least 205 people have been killed and more than 900 wounded in the battle for control of the Libyan capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said yesterday.

  • Drive back Zionism: Iran President Rouhani

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday called on Middle East states to “drive back Zionism”, in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic

  • Afghan peace talks abruptly postponed

    A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said yesterday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation.

  • Saudi sisters plead for int’l protection

    Georgian immigration officers have visited two Saudi sisters who pleaded for international help after fleeing the ultra-conservative kingdom and will help them apply for asylum, an official told AFP yesterday.

  • Army shelling kills 10 in Syria’s Idlib

    Regime shelling killed 10 civilians in Syria’s jihadist-controlled Idlib region yesterday, in the latest violence to threaten a seven-month-

  • Parliament endorses Sisi power extension

    Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030,

  • 6 killed in Libya capital

    Rocket fire on the Libyan capital Tripoli, which the UN-recognised government blamed on military strongman Khalifa Haftar, killed six

  • Scientists print ‘first’ 3D heart with human tissue

    Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels yesterday, calling it a first and a “major medical

  • Death toll rises to 121 as rivals battle in Libya

    Fighting near Tripoli has killed 121 people since strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive earlier this month to take the Libyan capital, the World Health Organization said.

  • Netanyahu win gives peace plan ‘better chance:’ Trump

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory improved the chances of a forthcoming US peace plan, despite deep skepticism from the Palestinians.

  • Women must be included in Afghan talks: Jolie

    American actor and United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie has called for women to have a central role in ongoing Afghanistan peace

  • Netanyahu set for 5th term

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on path for victory in Israel’s election yesterday after nearly complete results put him in position to form a right-wing coalition and further extend his long tenure in office.

  • 4 killed in attack on US convoy in Afghanistan

    Three US troops and a military contractor were killed in a roadside explosion Monday in the deadliest attack on American forces this year.

  • Algeria MPs elect first new president in 20 yrs

    Lawmakers named the speaker of the upper house as Algeria's first new president in two decades yesterday, after the resignation of

  • US bars entry to 16 Saudi nationals

    The US State Department Monday barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal

  • Israelis vote in crucial polls

    Israelis yesterday began voting in an election that could hand right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion.

  • Israel votes with Netanyahu's future at stake

    Israelis began voting Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics.

  • 11 civilians killed in Yemen capital: UN

    The United Nations yesterday called for an investigation into the deaths of 11 civilians including stu-dents in Yemen's capital, where rebels accused a Saudi-led coalition of carrying out a deadly air strike.

  • Turkey will stand with Palestinians

    The Israeli occupied West Bank "absolutely" belongs to Palestinians, said President Recep Tayyip Er-dogan yesterday, lambasting Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for his remarks on annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected.

  • Force out US troops 'as soon as possible'

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand US troops leave "as soon as possible", warning that

  • Libya crisis escalates

    Eastern Libyan forces carried out an air strike on the southern part of Tripoli yesterday, escalating an operation to take the capital

  • Blasts kill 3, injure 20 in Afghanistan

    Twin explosions yesterday in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad killed three people including a child and injured 20 others, local

  • World powers urge Haftar to halt advance on Libya capital

    Libyan forces under Khalifa Haftar battled their way to the south of Tripoli on Friday, prompting the UN Security Council and the G7 to

  • Libya plunges into chaos

    Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were pushed back from a key checkpoint less than 30 kilometres from Tripoli, checking their lightning advance on the capital, a security source said yesterday.

  • Afghan forces arrest alleged IS recruiters

    Afghan security forces have arrested six alleged members of the Islamic State militant group and accused them of using hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook Inc and other social media to find recruits, authorities said yesterday.